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catastrophic

[kat-uh-strof-ik] /ˌkæt əˈstrɒf ɪk/
adjective
1.
of the nature of a catastrophe, or disastrous event; calamitous:
a catastrophic failure of the dam.
Sometimes, catastrophical, catastrophal [kuh-tas-truh-fuh l] /kəˈtæs trə fəl/ (Show IPA).
Related forms
catastrophically, adverb
noncatastrophic, adjective
noncatastrophically, adverb
supercatastrophic, adjective
uncatastrophic, adjective
uncatastrophically, adverb
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  • catastrophic noises resounded in the loft; volcanoes seemed to romp upon the stairway.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • Almost all social prediction is catastrophic and absurdly simplified.

    A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann
  • This change of the point of view was, of course, not abrupt or catastrophic.

  • To Louise, the loss of her holy place, but yet more the manner of its loss, was catastrophic.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • It might mean permanent, hopeless, catastrophic dislocation.

    Marriage H. G. Wells
Word Origin and History for catastrophic
adj.

1824, from catastrophe + -ic. Related: Catastrophical; catastrophically.

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